Makeup palettes can be amazing. Especially when you get a large one, with a wide variety of colors, the variations are endless of what you could do! But did you know that there are hidden uses to your eyeshadow palette? This is insider information, something that for the most part makeup artists know. And what else can you do with your eye shadow palette besides just adding color to your eyes?
-DIY Lipstick. You could literally scrape off a bit of a powder (whatever shade you choose, whether it be pinks, reds, nudes), mix it with Vaseline, & turn it into a moisturizing lipstick! Or mix it with a clear lip gloss, & turn it into your custom shade lip gloss!
-Concealer. You could take a nude or a flesh toned color to brush under your eyes, as a concealer!
–Eyeliner. You could take a small angled brush, use your color of choice, & line your eyes in case you happen to run out of eyeliner, or if you would like a smudgy eyeliner look. If you want a more liquid eyeliner, you could mix some of the powder with eye drops, brush it on with an eyeliner brush & voila! Liquid eyeliner!
–Bronzer. If you happen to have foundation that’s a bit light for your skin tone, or if you would like to look slightly tanned, you could take 1 of the brown shades in your palette to warm up your face!
-Contour. Take another one of the brown colors in your palette, & you could dust it right underneath your cheekbones, at the edge of your forehead, to contour!
-Use as a highlighter. I saw this actually in a Youtube video; where you could take one of your lighter shiny shades (like an ivory or gold) & use it as a highlighter! Tip: if you plan on taking pictures, avoid anything with glitter in it. You want shiny, not sparkly. There will be a reflection if there is flash photography.
–Blush. Again, you could use a pink or red shade & dust it on your cheeks for some flush of color. If you would like a creamy blush, mix it with some face cream & then dab it on your cheeks! The face cream helps it blend more into the skin, for a more natural look.
-Shape your brows. Don’t sit there & think that brow pencils & eyeliners are vastly different. You could take 1 of your darker shades to fill in your eyebrows.
When I sat down with Andy Travis, a former coworker & makeup artist for MAC, he told me that his favorite medium to work with are loose pigments. Something that all makeup artists know: that powdered makeup is more or less the same. Whether it’s eye shadow, blush, bronzer – they all consist of the same (or similar ingredients), & that the only real difference is the color.
Another tip: Pigment + coconut oil= creamy eyeshadow. Really with makeup you become an artist, & it’s up to you to play with the colors & be creative!
Things You May Need:
Of course, like any artist, you need the colors to work with. You could get the loose pigments (above), but like any conventional woman, the pressed palettes are usually more convenient & portable. And naturally, if you get a palette with a wide variety of colors, the less you will need to buy in the future.
And no artist is complete without their brushes! Personally I find the most important eyeshadow brushes to have are an angled brush, shading brush, & an eyeliner brush.
Optional: Spatula & Palette
Of course, this is a different kind of palette. If you would like to go the professional route, so you can properly scrape off colors & mix with different mediums. However, if you feel this is unnecessary, you could always use a clean knife & a small plate.
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